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After a week of spiritual experiences, fun games and making new friends, youth at the year’s first For the Strength of Youth conference at Brigham Young University received a visit from Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“You’re making history this week,” Elder Rasband told the 1,700 young men and young women assembled in BYU’s Wilkinson Student Center on Friday afternoon, June 3.

“You’re the first session of 212 this summer — No. 1,” he said. “That’s worth making a journal entry.”

Those 212 sessions are only those in the United States and Canada, where FSY is running at full strength for the first time. The same program has been operating in other countries for differing numbers of years previous to this year’s launch in the U.S. and Canada.

Elder Rasband also shared a message for the youth from the First Presidency.

“First, we love you,” he said. “You are a treasure of the Church.

“Second, thank you for being willing to trust in the Lord. We hope you will trust God all the days of your life.

“And third, we need you.”

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